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Winter Kids - Memoirs Review

by Patrick Muldowney

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This fictional headline best describes Winter Kids. Equipped with plenty o' keyboards, intermittent invasive shouting, and quick beats, Memoirs will make preps skank and dregs smile. Songs like "Adore" proves the Snider singers are not above melodies that perfectly mimic the music. While this is an elementary move, and sounds as rhythmically choppy as poorly constructed iambic pentameter, it is also deliberately brilliant for its contrast with the fluidity of the driving chorus (standard for Brit or wannabe Brit bands). "Who Am I Kidding?" strips down its beginning by using a banjo and vocally reverses roles, allowing Hannah Snider the lead while James plays interjector. This is a sore thumb emotionally (coupled with "Somebody Elses Clothes") because of its self-effacing lyrics; a welcomed oddball considering the redundancy of the other tracks. Throughout Memoirs, the formula is pretty much the same: quick music + quick repetitive thoughts = quick hits. The first few songs (or the hit material) use this formula efficiently, but once the makeup is washed off, the joy becomes dubious, and you're left wondering how much you really like Memoirs. Finally, Winter Kids make a suitable dessert (enjoyed in moderately small doses), but not a meal.

Tracks added to iPod: Adore, Tape It, Who Am I Kidding?, 2 Nights 2 Days

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